Solar eclipses: Everything you need to know

Angelica Greene
August 19, 2017

Weather conditions permitting, the partial solar eclipse will occur from approximately 1 to 4 p.m. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours.

NASA: If you don't live somewhere where the moon will completely cover the sun and/or will be stuck at your desk, NASA has you covered: It will be streaming the eclipse from a weather-proof vantage point above the clouds. All around the moon, the glorious corona halo of the sun is visible, as are Jupiter and Venus and even a few stars elsewhere in the sky.

As the first total solar eclipse to cross the USA skyline in almost 100 years, the event offers both fascination and startling accessibility to its citizens as an estimated 12.25 million Americans will be caught in the 70-mile-wide path that will span 14 states coast-to-coast.

"We are getting so many phone calls and chat message on our Facebook page, just tons of people who are interested in viewing the eclipse", Young Adult Librarian Julie Kinney said.

It said goggles, homemade filters and sunglasses don't have the strength to stand against the sun. Help children to be sure they use handheld solar viewers and eclipse glasses correctly.

-Carefully look at your solar filter or eclipse glasses before using them. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

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Batesville, Ind. - A "Great American Eclipse Safe Viewing" event will be held at the Batesville Memorial Public Library at 1:00 p.m.

Do not forget to never look directly at the sun. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. In our area, the moon is projected to cover approximately 79 percent of the sun.

You'll need to buy a long lens that's at least 300mm to get a clear, detailed shot of the corona as well as a tripod and remote or cord shutter release.

This document does not constitute medical advice.

If you organize a Solar Eclipse viewing party that does not appear in our list, please share the details through our Contact Us page. Don't let the requisite warnings scare you away from witnessing this singular spectacle!

On Monday, August 21 the moon will slip between the earth and the sun, causing a total solar eclipse which will be visible in full along a narrow path (path of totality) that travels across portions of 14 states from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

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